This is Week 2 of the Focus Features special initiative, “19 Days of Suffrage,” to celebrate the powerful film Suffragette, as it releases in theaters nationwide through Thanksgiving. These 19 Days are in honor of the 19th Amendment, which granted women in the United States the right to vote in 1919.
With Veteran’s Day is this Wednesday (11/11), it’s a time to reflect on those who have sacrificed to provide our freedoms – do you have heroes in your family? Who is your hero? Military? Non-Military?
#HopeForOurDaughters Special Video – For every Instagram post with the hashtag, $1 will be donated to Equality Now.
“Defining a Suffragette” Featurette Clip
WOMEN’S FIRSTS IN THE ARMED FORCES
- 1985 – Penny Harrington was appointed as Chief of Police of the Portland Police Bureau, making her the first woman to lead a major–city police department.
- 1991 – Congress authorizes women to fly in combat missions.
- 1993 – Congress authorizes women to serve on combat ships.
- 2000 – Kathleen McGrath became the first woman to command a warship at sea.
- 2004 – Colonel Linda McTague becomes the first woman commander of a fighter squadron in U.S. Air Force history.
- 2008 – Ann E. Dunwoody is the first female four–star general in the U.S. Army.
- 2014 – Michelle J. Howard began her assignment as the U.S. Navy’s first female and first female African–American four–star admiral on July 1, 2014.
- 2015 – Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver are the first female soldiers to graduate from the school for the Army Rangers.